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The Silence of Dean Maitland (1934)

 -  Drama  -  May 1934 (Australia)
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John Longden ...
Dean Cyril Maitland
Charlotte Francis ...
Alma Lee
Constance Worth ...
Alma Gray (as Jocelyn Howarth)
John Warwick ...
Dr. Henry Everard
John Pickard ...
Tommy Everard
Patricia Minchin ...
Marion Everard
Audrey Nicholson ...
Lillian Maitland
Bill Kerr ...
Cyril Maitland Jr.
Fred MacDonald ...
Granfer
George Lloyd ...
Bill Grove
Claude Turton ...
Charlie Gray
W. Lane-Bayliff ...
Reverend Maitland, Senior
Les Warton ...
Ben Lee
Leal Douglas ...
Mrs. Lee
Rodney Smith
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A Sensational and Scandalous Movie!
15 February 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Everyone who is fascinated by the history of the cinema should see this one! The central character is a clergyman who through the course of the story, rises to the significant position of Dean of the Cathedral. But Dean Maitland is a man with a secret or two:- a steamy affair, a love-child and ...... something even worse! What is the terrible secret about which the Dean remains silent for twenty years?

This movie was created at a time when it was considered highly inappropriate to present "a man of the cloth" in anything other than a favourable light. Depicting the Dean as a lusty and deceitful sinner raised disapproving eyebrows.

But even more scandalous was the nudity! This is the first, the very first film to reveal a nipple!

Well, you have to be very quick to catch it! It's right near the beginning. The pretty little nympho Alma Lee has been having a dip in the ocean, spied upon by not one but two men. She changes, partly behind a rock and partly (but only partly) behind a small towel. (None of these bath-sheets!) The towel slips down .... and there for an instant is a nipple! She hitches it up and there for an instant is a buttock!

And this really is Movie Making History!

The movie is filmed with considerable artistry and a great deal of wit, albeit of a very Australian kind. Some of the scenes, the camera placement and angles make us forget that this really is a very old film. Ken Hall was a daring genius.


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